Week 32 -- "Am I Ready for a Relationship?" -- Grade 10
Suite360 Student Lesson: Am I Ready for a Relationship?
Brief Summary: It can be difficult to talk to teenagers about relationships and dating. Teen milestones can be awkward to discuss with parents because it includes emotional, social and sometimes even physical intimacy discussions. It is sometimes necessary for a parent to bring up such topics first. Make sure you know what you are going to be asking them. Answer a few questions in your own mind so you are prepared for the conversation. Striking up honest conversation will show your teen that you care. Teens need to know what rules and expectations you have for them when it comes to dating. It is your job to help your child figure out if they are truly ready for dating.
- Intimacy-close familiarity or friendship; closeness
- Maturity- the state, fact, or period of being mature, full grown, or into adulthood
- Relationship- a strong, deep, or close association or acquaintance between two people
- Dating-a stage of romantic relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially on a consistent basis
- Today’s use of social media can make it easier to establish a relationship because teens spend lots of time texting to get to know one another first. However, chatting virtually is not a true relationship.
- Teenagers feeling ready or interested in a relationship is part of adolescence.
- It is not uncommon for teen relationships to last only a few weeks or months.
- There isn’t a right age to start having relationships. Each family will have its own guidelines and expectations for dating.
Continue the Conversation:
- Have you had a relationship that has started via social media?
- Do you feel comfortable being who you are around others?
- Do you understand our families rules for dating? What are some rules you want to discuss to understand them better?
- Describe your ideal relationship? What are you looking for in a boyfriend or girlfriend?